Do injectables like Botox hurt more than a bee sting?
We understand your anxiety. Who would want a needle pointed at their face, after all? But there’s really no need to panic – injectables definitely do NOT hurt more than a bee sting, or even a wasp sting, for that matter. In fact, most patients receive a topical numbing cream on the area being injected prior to receiving the injections. And in extreme cases, some patients even opt to take an anti-anxiety pill, such as Valium, before their treatments—but this is normally not necessary. Of course, it’s always okay to close your eyes, too, during the procedure if you’re that afraid. But do keep in mind that great precautions are always taken with any sort of injectable to ensure that patients are as comfortable as possible.
For example, with Botox injections, physicians use a tiny special needle so that the injections are not uncomfortable. Other injectables, such as Restylane, are premixed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Though you’ll probably still feel some pressure as the needle is inserted (and sometimes a stinging sensation), the pain is definitely manageable, and nothing to worry about. Most people say that Botox injections, for instance, feel like getting a vaccination – that is, they only feel a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the injection site.
Perhaps you’re still wondering, though, what to expect during your first dermal filler treatment. Let’s take a look.
Before applying any dermal filler, the physician will mark strategic points on your face as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the filler. Then he or she will clean the injection sites with antibacterial soap and administer a topical anesthetic to numb the area. The actual injections take only a few minutes. Afterward, the physician will clean all the marks and apply an ice pack to the treatment site. It’s important that you don’t apply pressure to the treated areas as this could result in the displacement of the dermal filler. Depending on the kind of dermal filler, you may be asked to refrain from exercising, bending over, lying down, or rubbing the area for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Even the smallest needle can still potentially cause a bruise that lasts anywhere from a few days to two weeks.
Before receiving injectables, you should discontinue some supplements and over-the-counter medications, such as Motrin, aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo, and glucosamine. This reduces the risk of bruising. Keep in mind, though, that some people bruise easier than others. Even the smallest needle can still potentially cause a bruise that lasts anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Other side effects include redness, pain or tenderness, unusual firmness, swelling, lumps, itching, infection, and discoloration at the injection site.
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